Thursday, June 2, 2011

Daddy and Maddie Ride the Bubble Coaster

“This is going to be fun Maddie. First we will ride Cinderella’s Fairy Boat. Then maybe we can work our way up to Fannie Mae’s Teacups.”

“Daddy, those are baby rides. I want to go on the Bubble Coaster.”

“Madison, the Bubble Coaster is only for grownups.”

“No, Daddy you’re wrong. The Bubble Coaster is best for kids or people that think like kids.”

“Well, Maddie we will give it a try. What do we have to lose?”

“Daddy, I want to spend the whole day on the Bubble Coaster.”

“The car is moving now, and we are climbing to the top of the first Bubble. Hang on tight and get ready for the big fall.”

“No, Daddy, the man behind me, Mr. Greenspan just said that the coaster only goes in the air and levels off. He said it was just like Cinderella’s Fairy Boat, only higher. He guaranteed that there would be no big drops.”

“But Maddie, Mr. Greenspan is wrong. Look ahead. Can’t you see that the tracks go way up and then go way down? That’s why it’s called a roller coaster.”

“No Silly Daddy, Mr. Greenspan said it, so we must believe it.”

“Hang on tight Maddie, the coaster is ready to descend.

Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh


“Wasn’t that fun … hey, what’s wrong Maddie?”

“Daddy, I didn’t expect that to happen! I was so scared. I want out now.”

“Sorry, Maddie, there is no way to stop the ride now.”

“Wait, Daddy, Mr. Greenspan just told me that if we give him enough money he will be able flatten out the dips and make it a smoother ride. It will only cost $1,000.”

“Maddie, don’t you remember that Mr. Greenspan was wrong before, and what on earth is the $1,000 for?”

“It’s nothing for you to worry about Daddy. Mr. Greenspan has a friend that owns a big bank. He said I was highly qualified for a $1,000 loan. Isn’t that great? Now we are safe and we don’t have to worry about the dips anymore.”

“Maddie, quit talking to strangers and hang on! This is real estate; it is the biggest drop on the coaster.

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh


“Daddy, I didn’t expect that at all. We need to get out of this now.”

“Poor Maddie, the ride will be over after one more dip. Then I will have a talk with the carnival security about Mr. Greenspan.”

“No Daddy it’s not a problem anymore. I talked to the driver of the coaster, Mr. Bernanke and he said he can transport us over to Cinderella’s Fairy Boat to avoid any more drops. All he has to do is call the helicopter.”

“What! Maddie, look around, we are five hundred feet in the air. Cinderella’s Fairy Boat is on the other side of the carnival. Mr. Bernanke cannot magically transport us there. It’s not possible.”

“Mr. Bernanke says he can do it and we have to believe him Daddy. He says the helicopter will only cost $10,000.”

“ I am not sure if Mr. Bernanke is a thief or if this is part of the ride but I am not going to give him $10,000. Now get ready for the next fall, it is the Last Bubble and it’s the sharpest drop on the coaster.”

“Daddy, it’s no problem. Mr. Bernanke’s Chinese friend said he would loan us the $10,000. They say that the helicopter is on the way.”

“Madison, I am not going to borrow $10,000 from Mr. Bernanke’s Chinese friend. It doesn’t make sense. None of this makes any sense. It’s like a freak show.”

“Mr. Bernanke said he would help, Daddy. So we have to let him help.”

“Maddie, shouldn’t Mr. Bernanke be focused on driving the coaster safely instead of filling little children’s heads with thoughts of magic helicopters and large amounts of money?”

“No Daddy, you’re wrong.”

“Maddie, this is absolutely insane!”

“Daddy, you don’t understand. You have to give Mr. Bernanke the money! Please Daddy say it, for me, PLEASE!”

“OK Maddie. I want to borrow the money now.”

“Daddy, look really hard. See the helicopter coming to rescue us.”

“Maddie, I think I see it. We are going to be rescued!”

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh!


“Maddie, I was not expecting that at all. I have never been so scared in all of my life. Get me out of this!”

“Do you understand how to play the game now Daddy?”

“Wow Maddie! I never would have figured that out in a million years.”

“Daddy, that’s because you were acting like a grownup. This is a make believe game for kids or people that think like kids.”

“Do you want to ride again Maddie? I think I might like this game.”

“Daddy, I told you, I want to spend the whole day on the Bubble Coaster.”

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